Merry Christmas Snippets

Some of you may have come across Brendan B in comments, and some of you would have met him in Sweden as he was part of the Aussie contingent at the Saab Festival back in June. He’s down here in Tassie with his family this week and we caught up yesterday, visiting with Drew B and Saabill. Bill even let me take my old 99 Turbo for a spin!

Unfortunately, I neglected to take my camera with me. Which was a real shame as the day involved my 900 Turbo, a 1973 Saab 95, a 1977 Saab 96, a 1971 Saab 99, a 1989 Saab 9000, a 196? Saab 95, a secret project 🙂 , two 1979 Saab 99T’s, a 1985 Saab 900 Aero, a 197? Saab 99 (and about three others as well, a 1988 Saab 9000 Carlsson and a 1993 Saab 900 Turbo.

How’s that for a lineup?


Would you classify a Saab 900 as a hot hatch? Or was it too early and too big?

I clicked on the Auto Express link when I saw the story and was hoping to see one there, but alas….


This really deserves a post on its own, but….

The Saab 9-3 has just bagged an award for Best Premium Mid-Size Car for 2007 as judged by the good people at Autocar in the Middle East.

The Saab was a clear winner due to its stylish interior and exterior design, extensive list of standard features and engineering excellence, all of which reinforce the car’s strong position as one of the most luxurious cars in the segment.

Congratulations are in order, methinks!


The new Saab is still capable of being a BMW-beater

If that sounds like a quote from a Saab 9-3 review you’d like to read, then click here.


This is my final entry prior to Christmas. Normal blogging will resume in the day or so just after Christmas, but I need a couple of days off.

I’d like to thank you all for your patronage and participation in the website this year. More than that, I’d like to wish you all a very happy and rewarding Christmas period. I hope you and your family have a tremendous time. Drive safely and eat heaps!!

Merry Christmas everyone.

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  1. Merry Christmas to you, Swade, your family, your dog, and your Saab’s! Thanks for the incredibly amount of work you have done during 2007 for Saab, and have a well-deserved holiday rest!

    It’s impossible to pick out the best post or the best comment during the year, but these two I will remember:

    First, memories from Trollhättan in June…

    And then Kroum’s comment August 18 about addiction…

    And God Jul to all you other TS regulars!


  2. Swade
    Merry Christmas to you and your family .Hope you have a good break and look forward to your blog for 2008
    Get that Viggen back on the road and hope I can catch up with you some time next year.
    Cheers Bill

  3. Of course the 900 wasn’t too early. The article itself says the GTI was the first hot hatch, and those were around in the mid 70s. I mean, hell, if the Fiat Tipo and the GTI V are small enough, the 900 definitely was too, it was smaller than both of those. I think the 99T could be considered one, too, it was only a half second slower to 60 than the GTI I and it looked a hell of a lot sportier.

    They forgot to include the Honda CRX, too. The Civic hatch wasn’t cool at all.

    Yeah, I said it, Honda made a cool car. One out of 100 or so ain’t bad!!!

    Plus, they got the first GTI’s engine displacement wrong. It was a 1.8, not a 1.6.

  4. Saaboy,

    How thoughtful of you to mention Jesus. Here’s hoping you’ll have a meaningful holiday remembering his birth.


    Thanks for the articles. They’ve been good enough to keep a Saab traitor interested. Here’s hoping we’ll be able to visit in Detroit. We’ll see.

  5. Merry Christmas, Swade!!! May the holidays bless your and yours.

    Happy Holidays to my fellow, TS Family… And happy New Years to everyone!

  6. At least one of us will enjoy your time off. We all count on you to fill our days with Saab. Who knew there was so much Sabb info out there. THANKS!

    A question I’ve had … does the revenue you derive from adds depend at all on click-throughs? I’d be happy to hit some of the links on my daily or more often visits to your site if it made a difference.

  7. Merry Christmas (Feliz Navidad) to you and your family. Thanks for the great work at your Blog site, Happy new year 2008…

  8. Happy Holidays to everyone! Thanks Swade for making this site possible, and all the regulars for the engaging discussions that we have every day.

    Btw. ctm, I am honoured! 😉

  9. God Jul Swade !

    (and no I dont think the 900 qualifies as a hothatch, it’s simply to big when compared to the Mk1 Golf and Pug 205.)

  10. More power to you Swade.

    Thanks for everything this year.

    Looking at your daily level of articles and their content, I do not know how you do it- and have a life, and work.

    All the best to you and yours.

    Prettige Kerstdagen an Gellukig Nieuwjaar – as they say in Saab centre Netherlands.

  11. Thanks for the well-wishes, Gents, which I return with interest!

    Andy, let me know on Detroit. We may have a few there. Would the weekend be best?

    Bill, I hope you get some rain for Christmas, but not too much at once.

    Tedjs, the Viggen’s in the garage at the moment, with a growing number of spider webs at the rear. It’s gonna be hairy in there!

    So that’s what they say in the Netherlands! Here we say “I luv youse all” or “where’s me bloody present?” depending on the time of day and number of VB’s consumed with breakfast.

    Merry Christmas everyone. Blogging resumes Dec 26. Maybe Santa will leave some 9-4x photos under my tree!

  12. “Would you classify a Saab 900 as a hot hatch? Or was it too early and too big?”

    No, I wouldn´t. It was definitely not hot hatch because of the size and the looks. It´s more like todays SAV (sports activity vehicle). Sporty, fast and loads of space for your equipment. Especially the T16S, it had plastic panels all around though it was not really xc-capable (nor are todays SAVs!).

    Hot hatches to me, are small size cars a´la Golf. Saab 900 is totally different beast.

    I hope santa will leave one MY08 9-3 SC TTiD under my tree… 😀

  13. Swade: Again, great stuff as always. Many, many thanks for everything.

    Right back at ya, Eggs. Thanks for the support this year. Merry Christmas to you, Mrs Eggs and the little grits 🙂

  14. I still think it counts. It was a larger car, sure, but that just means that Saab was way ahead of the curve, hot hatches are huge now compared to what they were in the early days. Chalk another innovation up to Saab – gigantic hot hatches.


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